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The Eddyline Skylark is a terrific “little” kayak. I qualify little because this twelve foot craft is packed with features that rival longer boats— even full-fledged sea kayaks. It has bulkheads and hatches, both bow and stern, well thought-out deck rigging, and a hull design that tracks well and is fast for its length. A feature I really appreciate is the Skylark’s stability—with a 26” beam, it is very solid. It is my kayak of choice for trips in cold weather when I really want to stay dry! I call it my WINTERBOAT. Another feature I value is its light weight—at 40 pounds, it is a breeze to cartop. I have heard a few complains from other kayakers about the seat of the Skylark, but I find it comfortable, especially when equipped with the Eddyline BackFloat. The seat and footrests are east to adjust. While not a “speed demon” the Skylark will keep up with longer kayaks at a relaxed pace. All in all, this is a good choice for day-touring, fishing, and photography. You can’t go wrong with this versatile “little” boat!
As a big fan of Eddyline kayaks - and I own five of them - I find the Equinox fits in a niche between the twelve foot Skylark and the sixteen foot Nighthawk. Like its little sister the Skylark, the Equinox has an ample cockpit and fine initial stability for fishing, photography, and less-than-experienced paddlers. Like its big brother the Nighthawk, the Equinox has a good turn of speed and tracks very well even without a skeg. With thigh braces, a fully adjustable seat, and bow and stern bulkheads and hatches, this hybrid is a "pocket battleship."
Recently my wife and I were paddling in some rather heavy chop, and she felt more comfortable in the Equinox than she would have in her Nighthawk (Although in a race next month she will paddle the longer kayak.) Last spring my buddy had little problem keeping up with my Nighthawk while in the Equinox. At a light forty-five pounds, the Equinox is easy to put on and take off the roof rack of my car. It has become my "kayak of choice" for most of my paddling adventures.
For racing and long crossings, the Nighthawk has the edge.
For expeditions the Phoenix (a sadly discontinued model) is preferable.
For shorter, "let's just get out for a paddle" trips in most conditions, the Equinox has become my first choice.